The risks of being too directive as a leader


Managers who choose a coaching style instead of a directive one are likely to get better results with their team members, and avoid the risk of their disengagement. Here’s how:

What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring

Coaching in its present form has been with us since the 1970s. Mentoring has been with us in one form or another since the time of the Greek empire. So why can many people still not explain the fundamental differences between these two skills? We’ll explore what are the obstacles to being clear on the […]

Why head teachers deserve regular coaching


New head teachers find themselves at an exciting moment in their careers. In some ways it feels like the pinnacle of many years of hard work. In other ways it feels like the start of something new, fresh, challenging and rewarding.  Ask any prospective head at interview: “do you feel ready to take on the […]

Coaching models


People often ask me which coaching models I use, and which ones I teach. The answer I give is always the same. Ones that encourage deep thinking and sustainable change, driven by the coachee.  I wonder why people do ask this question. Sometimes it is to have the reassurance that a recognised model is being […]

How school leaders use coaching

Head teachers and other school leaders are increasingly turning to coaching as a favoured approach for professional and personal development. This hasn’t been an overnight change – things often aren’t like that in schools! It has gradually emerged over the last 15 years or so. A recent survey by one of the head teacher unions […]

Coaching supervision – a practical guide


Finding the right coaching course can be very confusing! There are different qualifications, different bodies accrediting them, all sorts of names and price points. We often find people who enquire about our courses come to us a bit baffled and mystified. However, most people muddle through and find the right course for them. Coaching supervision […]

The power of pausing in coaching

When we ask new coaches to identify key coaching skills, it is rare that pausing gets a mention. And yet, the power of silence and provide reflection time can make a huge difference.   Pausing is common in our view, along with questions, listening, and structuring sessions one of the four most important coaching skills. Let’s explore how to […]

Coaching skills for leaders

What coaching skills does every leader need?  For the moment, let’s take it as a given that every leader needs to have good coaching skills. In this article, we’ll start by considering how and where these coaching skills can be learnt. Then we’ll look at the specific skills to learn  Two great myths about coaching skills  The […]

Benefits of coaching for organisations and employees


Organisations exist for a number of different reasons. For some, it the commercial aspect. For others, it’s all about providing a service for our users. And for others, it’s a way of supporting a workforce. Many are a blend of all three. And in each case, a fundamental question is at the heart of the […]

What is a coaching course?

What is a coaching course?  Once the idea of learning to be a coach has come into our head, the first question we ask ourselves is “how?”. How do we study, what do we need to learn, which course should we take?   The courses available to do with coaching are so widespread that it merits […]